12 August 2011 9 Comments

Mother and baby writing lesson

My wife is in labor. Though by the time you read this, she’ll probably have delivered a baby girl. In days gone by, fathers hung around in the waiting room sharing cigars with new fathers. I’m glad that’s no longer a tradition – if I wanted to suck on something long and dark, I surely […]

1 February 2010 2 Comments

Bringing the Mideast to America

Often a novelist can humanize foreign affairs in ways a journalist can’t. To mark publication today of my new Palestinian crime novel The Fourth Assassin, I posted this for my regular column on GlobalPost. Though we do so at our peril, overseas events are easy to ignore. We flip past the foreign pages of the […]